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Why Buhari refuses to read inauguration speech, fails to attend presidential dinner

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No baton change for Nigeria yesterday but there was change in tenure as President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in for the second time as the president of the Federal republic of Nigeria.

It was the expectation of all that PMB would read the inaugural speech and thereafter attend the inaugural dinner, held in the capital Abuja on Wednesday evening, which came hours after Buhari took the oath of office.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo during the inaugural dinner late last night promised Nigerians should be expectant of “best years” ahead under President Muhammadu Buhari, in the absence of the President, who participated in Swearing-In Ceremony at the Eagle Square

The VP apologised on behalf of the president for not showing up at the dinner. He said, “On behalf of Mr. President, please accept our deepest gratitude for your support and presence here this evening,”

In a transcript released on Thursday, the Vice President said, “The best years of Nigeria begin today, and by the Grace of God, all of us will live to enjoy the coming years and many more.”

While the President’s failure to make a speech generated mixed reaction due to the fact it was termed low key, there was more reason for surprise for Buhari not attending the dinner.

“We are grateful to the … Nigerian people for trusting us yet again, That trust will not be betrayed.”

Recall that NIGERIA NEWS reported on Monday that the President spoke in an interview on state television as he vowed once more to tackle crippling security threats and root out corruption.

Presidential official Femi Adesina confirmed that Osinbajo had represented the president at the dinner, adding that Buhari had flown on Thursday to Saudi Arabia for a meeting of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca where he is expected to address OIC leaders on the ways to “combat common challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism,” State House said in a statement.

The president is due to return to Nigeria on 2 June.

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  1. Abed

    June 1, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    In 2015, Buhari’s campaign theme was ‘change’, but we never asked what kind of change? In 2019, his campaign theme is ‘next level’, and we are not asking what kind of level? Why will Buhari travel to OIC meeting at such a time like this, we are not asking. Nigerians, open your eyes o o o! When you enter a river to bath and stepped out and go into it again to bath, the second cold is always greater than the first one. Expect harder times, more killings, and nepotism.

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2019 Poll: Political parties created logistics problems for us -INEC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that a large number of political parties that participated in the 2019 general elections created a lot of logistics problem for the commission.

Speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state’s capital, Mohammed Haruna, the National Commissioner in charge of Kwara, Kogi and Nasarawa States, revealed that there were 799 litigations from the 2019 general elections across the country.

INEC organised a workshop in Kwara to review the 2019 general elections.

According to the National Commissioner, Jigawa had no petition from the election, Kwara had only three petitions and that Imo topped the list with 77 petitions.

Haruna, who further stated that there were over 800 million pre-election cases across the country that arose from political parties’ primary elections said something needed to be done about the numbers of the political parties registered.

“So you can see that with these kinds of problems we had, there is really a need to look at the number of political parties.

“We really need to do something about the 91 political parties, not just the quantity which generally speaking, the public has begun to complain that 93 political parties are on the high side,” he added.

While noting that 76 political parties contested for the Presidential election, he admitted that this was the source of the serious logistics problem that the commission had.

“We underestimated the kind of logistical problem that implied the size of the ballot papers, result sheets and so on.

“By the time these materials started arriving, we realise that it was a huge logistical problem.

“We are lucky, we had the Nigerian Air Force to help with the movement of the materials, they have always been helping us,” Haruna said.

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“Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries,” Says Buhari

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"Nigerian Universities Are Slow In Discoveries," Says Buhari

“Despite Nigeria independence for over 58 years, Nigerian Universities are slow in discoveries and intervention”

The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari urges Universities across the nation to key into the efforts to be innovative through discoveries in order to help the country development at large, NIGERIA NEWS reports.

However, the Presidential representative and the former deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hazif Abubakar speaks on behalf of the president at the fourth convocation of the Federal University, Dutsinma, FUDMA, Katsina state on Saturday.

Prof. Abubakar states that “Research, critical thinking, moral dispositions, discoveries, and inventions should find natural habitats in our universities, as they do in several other universities in the world.

“Universities are supposed to be strong drivers of the country’s development initiatives for sustainable development.”

“It is not heart-warming that in our over 58 years of independence, Nigerian universities are slow in discoveries and inventions.”

Mr. President said that is administration is bound to perform in the area of creating more structures and facilities across the tertiary institutions in the country. He said training acquisition program would be dispensed through various interventions program.

He also urges that FUDMA and the Sokoto River Basin Development Authority develop a smooth partnership in order to restructure the agricultural sectors and channel out scientific support to the local farmers.

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